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NONE of 12 'Fukushima Task Force' Recommendations Implemented Many Years After 3/11 Mega Nuclear Disaster - Nuclear Industry Loves Carbon Credit Scheme - NRC Greenwashing Nuclear Power - NRC Enabling Profit Via Emitting Toxic Heavy Metal Radioactive Poisons

WHAT DID THE US NUCLEAR INDUSTRY DO AFTER FUKUSHIMA MEGA NUCLEAR DISASTER, IN ORDER TO MAKE THE SAME REACTORS THAT BLEW UP IN JAPAN, SAFER? NOTHING! 



LESSONS NOT LEARNED, DUE TO GOVERNMENT REGULATORY AGENCY TAKEN OVER BY PRO NUCLEAR 'INSIDERS', WHICH THEN LEADS TO CORRUPTION, LIES AND DECEPTION


Boxer-NRC Hearing hr 1 - Fukushima Lessons Not Learned
VIDEO https://youtu.be/4kci_e93yQA

The NRC’s Bi-Polar Mission
The schizogenic effects of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s contradictory mandate – to protect public safety while simultaneously protecting America’s failing nuclear energy industry from its own bad karma – have never been more apparent than in this recent Dec. 3, 2014 hearing of NRC Commissioners before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, under the gavel of the Committee’s out-going Chair, Sen. Barbara Boxer [ D-CA].

The hearing’s inelegant – and as it turned out, ironic title - was "NRC's Implementation of the Fukushima Near-Term Task Force Recommendations and Other Actions to Enhance and Maintain Nuclear Safety." 

As these video excerpts show, the two main issues raised in the NRC’s segment of the hearing were (1.) Sen. Boxer’s graphic chart demonstrating that none of the 12 recommendations made months ago by the NRC’s own Safety Task Force for retrofitting U.S. nuclear plants in keeping with post-Fukushima lessons have yet to be implemented by the NRC, and (2.) Sen. Ed Markey’s expressed outrage that document requests to the NRC in line with the Committee’s Congressionally mandated oversight authority have been persistently refused by out-going NRC Chair Allison M. Macfarlane . 

As the year ends, Sen. Boxer will hand the Committee gavel over to leading GOP climate change denialist James Inhofe. At the same time, in a sure recipe for policy-setting and enforcement gridlock, departing NRC Chair Dr. Macfarlane will leave the Commission with an apparent 2/2 split until her replacement is appointed, which is likely to be a lengthy and contentious process. 

So this Dec. 3 hearing is significant and worth paying attention to, as it is probably the last one for a while in which public safety is advocated for, rather than nuclear industry and wing-nut interests.

In a preview of coming distractions, in this excerpt Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI] urges the Commission to be more vigorous in its promotion of such discredited and unproven nuclear technologies as thorium and small modular reactors.

maybesomeday June 27, 2014 "Some good news: The country's largest nuclear plant operator, Chicago-based Exelon, plans to announce "plant closings by the end of this year if market conditions don't improve". None of its 6 Illinois nuke plants turned a profit in the last five years. The bad news: 21 Republicans and 26 Democrats have delayed the post-Fukushima upgrades recommended by NRC staff until the end of 2017.

The upgrades required installation of "filters on hardened vents at 31 boiling-water reactors to help prevent radiation discharges into the environment in the event of an accident. Those reactors are similar in design to the six at the Fukushima facility". Exelon has spent nearly $8 million on political campaigns since 2008, and $34.6 million on lobbying."
http://www.livescience.com/46258-nuclear-industry-industry-pr-push.html

LOTS OF LOOPHOLES, NO ACCOUNTABILITY AT US NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS

Regulatory Loopholes at US Nuclear Power Plants
http://democrats.naturalresources.house.gov/sites/democrats.naturalresources.house.gov/files/05-12-11reportfinalsmall_1.pdf

The 'insiders' at the nuclear agencies, organizations and companies are talking with each other, and they are conspiring to keep critical need to know information from the public. Isn't this a crime?


NUCLEAR INDUSTRY LOVES CARBON CREDIT PLAN SO THEY CAN GREENWASH NUCLEAR ENERGY 


Obama's Carbon Order Increases Nuclear Energy's Odds
Mandating the reduction of carbon emissions could result in the increasing use of nuclear energy

The nuclear companies are pushing for this carbon credit plan, because it potentially can turn all those money losing plants that would have to be closed, into money makers again. And to go along with this Christmas present, the politicians also proposed putting off the safety improvement mandates for many years.. to boost profits for the nuclear industry even more.


NRC RESISTS EUROPEAN NUCLEAR SAFETY PROPOSALS DRAFTED AFTER 3/11 FUKUSHIMA DISASTER


Via Heart of the Rose December 13, 2014 U.S. In The Hotseat Because Of Convention On Nuclear Safety, Described “Biggest Obstacle” To World Security Dec 13 2014
"But the U.S., according to the report, doesn't want the European proposal solely because "an attempt to amend the convention could weaken the rules, because some governments would be slow to ratify changes." Allison Macfarlane, chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said the proposal could all the more "damage" global nuclear safety because it's a "difficult and long time-consuming process."

"Senators Barbara Boxer and Edward Markey, in a Dec 3 Senate testimony, said they find the U.S. resistance to the European safety proposals a "serious concern." The report said what the U.S. wants is for the treaty signatories to just "reaffirm" their commitments to undergo rigorous peer reviews from international nuclear regulators."
http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/575834/20141213/u-s-convention-nuclear-safety-russia-europe.htm#.VIxNL3lB-M8

Fukushima Lessons Learned - Barbara Boxer: NRC Obstruction Will NOT Be Tolerated!
VIDEOhttps://youtu.be/Fnzh2C0mKxo  6 min

NO LESSONS LEARNED OR APPLIED FROM CHERNOBYL OR FUKUSHIMA


It has been three years since the mega multiple nuclear plant meltdown nuclear disaster called Fukushima. Hearings were held and a commission was formed to recommend safety modifications from the lessons learned due to analysis of the Fukushima disaster. The Fukushima Task Force held hearings, took testimony and researched what caused the multiple meltdowns of nuclear reactors, despite promises from the nuclear industry that this 'could never happen'.

As a result of those hearings, investigations, and research, the Fukushima Task Force tasked 12 things to the NRC to be adopted and implemented by the nuclear industry. The NRC was specifically asked to do it, because they are the regulator that is the body authorized to require the nuclear industry to implement those 12 items.

Years after the 3/11 disaster, NOT ONE of the 12 recommendations provided by the US Government Fukushima Task Force has been implemented. Instead of strengthening nuclear plant safety standards and providing more safety to communities in order to prevent another Fukushima mega nuclear disaster, the NRC nuclear regulator and the nuclear industry 'experts' in their great wisdom and caring for the health and safety of communities, did the exact opposite.


US AND JAPANESE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY ARE WEAKENING SAFETY LAWS, LIMITS AND RULES, FURTHER ENDANGERING COMMUNITIES AND NATIONS FROM CATASTROPHIC NUCLEAR ACCIDENTS AND SPILLS


The nuclear industry worked on weakening safety laws and rules around nuclear reactors by demanding that evacuation standards be eliminated or relaxed. They also got the EPA to increase the allowable amount of radiation a person can be exposed to raised by 26,000%, in case of an accident or spill, thus eliminating the need for evacuations completely. 

So instead of preventing nuclear disasters, the nuclear industry is basically saying that nuclear disasters will continue to happen, and they don't want to be responsible for evacuating people or ensuring that the food and water protects the health of children or adults after that. 

"And in the time since the March 11, 2011 disaster, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), led by Chairman Allison M. Macfarlane, was tasked by Congress and the NRC with implementing 12 post-Fukushima “recommendations” for the nuclear-power industry to follow. This included everything from upgrading plants to “prevent or mitigate seismically-induced fires or floods,” “improve spent fuel pools” and “improve reactor inspection and oversight process.”

NOT ONE OF 12 RECOMMENDATIONS IMPLEMENTED IN USA AFTER FUKUSHIMA MEGA NUCLEAR DISASTER


Of these 12 recommendations, the NRC took no action – none whatsoever – to require U.S. nuclear plant operators to implement a single recommendation from the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee via the “Fukushima Near-Term Task Force. One of them blandly stated he was not worried in the least about nuclear safety issues and had plans to take trips around the world rather than stay at home and address the critical issues that the NRC should be addressing. -

VIa nuclear pollution June 10, 2014  In more recent C-span “Fukushima Task Force” hearings…..

(1) Sen. Boxer of California was stellar reminding everyone that NONE of the 12 'Fukushima Task Force' recommendations have been implemented yet.

She also showed a frightening photo of the recent fire blazing within 1/2 a mile of San Onofre nuclear power plants' spent fuel pools, which are at double capacity. (3600 spf's)

(2) Sen. Markey of Massachusetts was also stellar. He said whistleblowers contact him all the time, and 75% of whistleblowers who go through the formal method of whistleblowing end up with poor performance appraisals.

Sen. Markey also sponsored the “Dry Cask Storage Act” to get spent fuel now in water into dry cask storage.

REMINDER: 4 of 5 NRC Commissioners voted AGAINST dry cask storage.

He was also concerned that Chinese nationals were allowed into U.S. nuclear power plants.

(3) These pro-nuclear Senators were vocally supportive of the nuclear industry. Vote them out if they are your senators.

- Sen. Cardin (D) Maryland

- Sen. Vitter (R) California

- Sen. Whitehouse (D) Rhode Island wants to promote advanced nuclear technologies like small modular reactors.

- Sen. Sessions (R) Alabama was particularly pro-nuclear…stating the old lies that there have been “zero deaths” due to nuclear energy and that nuclear energy has a “tremendous safety and environmental record” and is “no carbon”

Sen. Inhofe (R) Oklahoma said dry storage of spent-fuel is not substantially safer and would cost the industry $4 billion dollars to put spent-fuel into dry casks. He criticized Germany’s transition away from nuclear energy.

Sen. Barrasso (R) Wyoming said he believes storing nuclear waste in wet pools is “safe” and Wyoming has a lot of uranium so we “must continue to build new nuclear power plants”"

WATCH the hearings in video above, or at;
VIDEO: http://www.c-span.org/video/?319755-1/nuclear-safety  1 hour

NUCLEAR INDUSTRY MAKES EMPTY PROMISES, BUT TAKES NO ACTION TO PREVENT DISASTERS


What is the take away? The nuclear industry ignores the public servants sent to Washington to represent the public. The nuclear industry keeps making empty promises and guarantees, but then takes no action to prevent nuclear accidents and melt downs, so they keep on happening and getting worse and worse. Now it is not just one reactor melting down, it is multiple reactors and spent fuel pools as well.

Because the NRC is staffed by nuclear industry 'insiders', they have no interest in actually protecting public and community health or safety, but are more concerned with promoting the nuclear industry by flying around the world on junkets paid for by US taxpayers. 

PRO NUCLEAR PROPAGANDA IN JAPAN


The New Yorker published an article titled; The Fallout; they discuss how many countries abandoned atomic power, but Japan didn't. In Japan, they kept building plants, and started five more within two years of the Chernobyl meltdown. The public had to be convinced, so the nuclear industry responded by investing in a huge PR campaign, visitor centers, atomic museums, swimming pools, golf courses, gardens and theatres. They focused on women and children specifically, "according to Noriya Sumihara, a cultural anthropologist at Tenri University, who studied the phenomenon. “The companies believed that mothers were key decision-makers in the family,” he said. “If women felt the plants were relatively safe, then men would, too.”

In the Tokaimura complex there is a tourist attraction called Atom World, where children are taught nuclear propaganda through cartoon characters like Uranium and Little Pluto Boy, who teach children that radioactive contamination in food is ok, and up until 1993, a video showed Pluto Boy, teaching kids that it is ok to drink plutonium, that it has NEVER caused any cancer in anyone.

JAPANESE NUCLEAR PROPAGANDA CARTOON CHARACTER

Japanese pro nuclear propaganda machine controls mass media 

GUARANTEES OF SAFETY WERE MADE TO PUBLIC, REGULATORS ALSO IN CHARGE OF PROMOTION OF NUCLEAR INDUSTRY


Nuclear experts promised everyone that Japanese nuclear reactors were different from Russian reactors and that five layers of protection would not allow a nuclear reactor meltdown in Japan. They guaranteed that a nuclear accident like Chernobyl would NEVER happen in a million years with Japanese reactors. 

A 2002 report by Tokyo Electric and five other companies declared, “There is no need to take a hydrogen explosion into consideration,” the Yomiuri Shimbun reported. (After the third hydrogen explosion at Fukushima, a company official conceded to the paper that “we were overly confident.”) ....To some extent, Taro Kono blamed the fact that the agency charged with policing power plants—the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency—was part of the very ministry in charge of promoting them. “There’s no reason for you to regulate something, because when you go back to the ministry everyone’s going to be mad at you,” he said. Moreover, staff members are reluctant to change rules laid out by predecessors. As Kono put it, “Even after top bureaucrats retire, they have influence on personnel changes, so you have to have a good relationship with the old guys.”

THERE IS A REVOLVING DOOR INTO NUCLEAR INDUSTRY FROM REGULATOR POSITION AND FROM CORPORATIONS INTO REGULATORY AGENCIES


Japanese nuclear regulators, like their American counterparts, have frequently been criticized for following a revolving door into lucrative jobs in the industries they police, and vice versa. Moreover, power-company executives are some of Japan’s most generous political donors; the utilities have not made corporate donations in a generation, but in 2009 individual executives gave seventy-two per cent of all personal contributions to the Liberal Democratic Party. In the late nineteen-nineties, a Tokyo Electric vice-president named Tokio Kano left the company to run, successfully, for parliament, where he led an effort to prevent the adoption of new textbooks until the Education Ministry removed references to the anti-nuclear movement in Europe. After leaving parliament, he returned to Tokyo Electric as an adviser.

FAKED SAFETY REPORTS, LIES ABOUT MULTIPLE NUCLEAR ACCIDENTS


Nuclear-safety scandals began to emerge. In June, 2002, Tokyo Electric was forced to reveal that for two decades it had faked hundreds of repair records, at the Fukushima Daiichi plant and at several other reactors. Five years later, it conceded that it had lied in its previous acknowledgment of lying and owned up to six more emergencies at Fukushima Daiichi that had been concealed. The gravest error, perhaps, was underestimating the risk of tsunamis. The Nuclear Safety Commission’s official guidelines declared that, in the event of a big wave, “safety functions of facilities shall not be significantly affected.” But experts inside and outside the government had warned authorities about new research on the speed of meltdowns in the event of a power loss and the acute threat posed by storing diesel generators in a basement.
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2011/10/17/the-fallout

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NONE of 12 'Fukushima Task Force' Recommendations Implemented Many Years After 3/11 Mega Nuclear Disaster - Nuclear Industry Loves Carbon Credit Scheme - NRC Greenwashing Nuclear Power - NRC Enabling Profit Via Emitting Toxic Heavy Metal Radioactive Poisons
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